People just cannot seem to get over this opening crawl business for ‘Rogue One.’ I mean, I get it, every ‘Star Wars’ movie before ‘Rogue One’ featured an opening crawl, it was part of the DNA of the franchise, everyone looked forward to the opening fanfare of the series blaring over those scrolling yellow words, blah blah blah. I mean, move on. ‘Rogue One’ was amazing, it did not need an opening crawl, the decision was made, and personally, I think it was brave to do something different. To be so mired in tradition that you feel you HAVE to do things the same way every time only leads to falling into the same old rut and gives us movies like the ‘Star Wars’ prequels where everything felt right, they checked off everything on the list of what a ‘Star Wars’ movie was supposed to be, yet they fell flat, and felt boring, tired, and awful.
Yet still, we have another fan thinking they know better than the filmmakers behind ‘Rogue One’, having crafted an ‘opening crawl’ that they think would have better opened the movie than the prologue we already have. Check it out for yourself below, or just read the words here:
The Jedi are all but extinct, the Republic has fallen and in their wake, the Galactic Empire has engulfed the far reaches of the galaxy in fear. Persecuted members of the Old Republic have been thrust into hiding. Only members of the REBEL ALLIANCE dare take a stand against the ruthless Imperial forces. Deep in the Outer Rim territories, the dastardly Director Krennic has discovered the location of a long lost friend; one capable of completing the Empire’s most powerful weapon yet…
To be fair it is not terrible, but it is 100% unnecessary. Enjoy the film as it is people, stop putting so much emphasis on things like an opening crawl, and realize we just got an amazing ‘Star Wars’ film that proved we don’t need a Skywalker for the franchise to work. We just took two huge steps forward toward the future of the franchise, please do not push the whole thing back a step by stumbling on the idea of every movie needing an opening crawl. Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments below.